As the Haitian masses hope to send their children to school, and the Martelly/Lamothe government tries to keep their promise of a free education, for all of our children, there are several major questions that must be answered.
Is it true that the printing company Henri Dechamps owns the copyright to State-owned books that our students require in order to pursue their schooling? If this is so, we would like to know how this happened. Such a MONOPOLY effectively rules out any competitive bidding in the printing process.
Some suggest this MONOPOLY was given to obtain books at a reduced cost.
This has not been the case!
The next question that must be answered, by all those concerned with an ongoing situation – over the past decade, or so is more important. It must clarify rumors of a dossier that – if true – tells of what would be criminal activity in Canada or the United States.
There is a suggestion that the Henri Dechamps group has benefited, from its MONOPOLY, through a failure to deliver all materials under contracts.
We don’t know if this is true, but now is the time to clear the air.
One story, that should be confirmed or denied, sees Dechamps gaining a multimillion dollar orders for the printing of books.
The printing process then begins and, after some books are printed, the printing presses “break down,” stopping the run.
The balance is promised, when the equipment is repaired, but this never happens.
The story, repeated over the past few years, sees the balance of the funding distributed between members in the Ministry of Education, other governmental agencies, and, of course Dechamps.
Now is the time for Antoine Athouriste, and his anti-corruption team, to look into this situation.
If Dechamps holds copyright, on what is really government material, this must be rectified.
If there has been a concerted effort to cheat the Haitian people of tens of millions of America dollars, in printing costs, and the children of Haiti an education, those responsible must be exposed and prosecuted.
USAID should be interested in the truth unless, of course, members of the USAID team have benefited over the years.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
Time for a clean slate.
With the material on a CD disc, I will bet I can beat the pricing of Dechamps, even though the original deal, giving them copyright on our school material, is supposed to guarantee lower costs.
Haiti is rated as one of the most corrupt nations in the world.
Let’s keep it to things that are not involved with education.
HAITI’S CHILDREN ARE HAITI’S FUTURE.
TEACHING A CHILD TO READ, AND THEN STEAL THE BOOKS, DEFEATS THE ENTIRE EDUCATIONAL PROCESS. KIDS NEED BOOKS!!!!!
LET’S NOT WASTE THEM BY STEALING THEIR BOOKS TO BUY HOUSES IN PEMBROKE PINES,LAND CRUISERS AND JEWELRY FOR MISTRESSES.